[NetBehaviour] TODAY: LX 2.0 launches new project by Carlos Katastrofsky

Luis Silva silva.luis at netcabo.pt
Thu Nov 8 11:26:15 CET 2007

For immediate release:

Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporânea is launching on November 8th (next  
Thursday) LX 2.0 Project's new comission, the project lastwishes by  
Vienna-based media artist Carlos Katastrofsky (http://www.lisboa20.pt/ 

Carlos Katastrofsky (1975) has been creating net art pieces that  
question both the notion of what an art work is and the notion of  
ownership of these processual projects, not defined by physical  
properties. Projects such as internet art for poor people (2006),  
free interactive readymade (2005) or the original (2005) are just a  
few examples of Katastrofsky's interest in exploring alternative ways  
of distributing and owning net art, always within the institutional  
art world logic and always through a critical, yet playful approach.  
His projects are mostly conceptual, not defined by fancy visual  
effects or sophisticated programming. There is no "beautiful" or  
"poetic" things to be seen on the screen, just the critical use of  
massified online tools that he masters in order to achieve his own  

lastwishes, the project the artist created specially for LX 2.0, is a  
great example of the lack of any visual aesthetics in his work. In a  
simplistic (yet pretty accurate) way, there is nothing to be seen in  
his new project. lastwishes deals solely with the principles of  
communication. Mailing lists are popular tools for the exchange of  
thoughts and opinions: they make multiple (written) dialogues  
possible as well as the archiving for future references. In this work  
the mailinglist-software "mailman" is modified to allow only one  
single posting from a sender. The user is able to subscribe and to  
receive messages endlessly but post only once and by this immediately  
get unsubscribed. The idea of "exchange" is thereby turned into  
something absurd: one can listen but only talk once. Sending a  
message thus requires meaningful content, "chatting" becomes impossible.

The ephemeral quality of this sending-process reminds of zen- 
qualities: be quiet and learn to listen but if you really have to say  
something meaningful then talk. Above that, the question arises: how  
is communication possible when there is a quiet, listening mass and  
no one dares to stand up and speak? According to an Austrian   
proverb, "talking is silver and being quiet is gold", but being quiet  
only makes sense within the process of communication.

Luis Silva
LX 2.0 Project (http://www.lisboa20.pt/lx20)
Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporânea

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